We figured there is no better way to recharge than to escape to an island off of Thailand before our flight back to the States! After we narrowed our destinations down to Krabi and Koh Samui, we started to look for accommodations. Tom and I found an amazing deal at Renaissance Koh Samui, Thailand that we couldn’t pass up.
Upon arrival at the resort, we were greeted with the ubiquitous cool lemongrass scented washcloths to freshen up. While we completed the check-in process in the beautiful reception area, Tom and I were presented with delicious homemade coconut and mango ice cream. Yummy! Even better than the tasty treat, we found out we were upgraded to a pool villa!
The property grounds are stunning with bountiful lush tropical gardens. Upon opening the gate to our villa, we were surprised by the massive size of the patio. And the pool was large for private pool standards! A point to emphasize about the villas is that they are all very private with tall fences surrounding your personal retreat. With tables, chairs, loungers, and meticulously cared for tropical plant life, guests never have to leave their oasis!
When we entered our villa, Tom and I were amazed by the sheer enormity of the villa. The villa, at nearly 1400 square feet, is larger than many single family homes! The interior is “Thai resort chic”, complete with beautiful warm toned wood floors, an airy and expansive living room, and a high wood beam ceiling. The four-post canopy king size bed had crisp white linens, and wispy drapery that creates a lovely romantic feel. The large bathroom contained double sinks, a separate vanity area, and plenty of storage/closet space. The villa was stocked with “bottomless” bottled water and a handy mini-refrigerator to keep them (or a bottle of wine!) chilled. With twice daily service, we were definitely spoiled! I loved the airy feel of the villa, but Tom felt it was TOO big. Hmmmm. That’s not a bad thing in my book!
Although we could’ve spent our entire stay in our pool villa, we also enjoyed the rest of the resort’s amenities. The resort’s main pool is beautifully situated and overlooks tranquil Laem Nan Beach. Across the bay, and a short 5 minute drive away, is the bustling Lamai Beach area. The main pool and beachfront area were full of families with children. Because of this, we decided to walk down the beach to escape. Luckily we did because we discovered an isolated section of the beach that we called “ours”. Under the shade of swaying coconut palm trees, we sipped on white wine that we had chilling in our mini refrigerator. We were only pulled away from our beach nest to swim in the bathtub-warm waters of the sea.
Tom and I typically do not eat breakfast on vacation. However, the breakfast buffet was amazing so we made sure to grab a bite before we set out for the day. The buffet had a great variety of Asian and Western fare, an omelet and pancake station, plentiful fresh tropical fruits and juices, a great selection of bread, and a bloody mary bar. When I travel to Asia or Europe, I always have to indulge in their fresh yogurt and black coffee. For some reason, they know how to make it the best (at least compared to what I get in America).
The one thing that Tom and I wouldn’t recommend indulging in at Renaissance Koh Samui is their adult beverages. The bartenders do not know how to make proper cocktails. Tom enjoys slightly dirty vodka martinis. One time, the bartender made his solely with Martini & Rossi Dry Vermouth. Perhaps because it has “Martini” on the bottle? Another time, it was made with orange vodka. Not tasty.
The amenity we enjoyed most was the property’s shuttle service to Chaweng and Lamai Beaches. There are two runs each afternoon and reservations are recommended. We usually took the shuttle to the beach and returned by taxi. Taxis on Koh Samui are very expensive, so a one-way shuttle helped reduce the cost. We enjoyed both of these beaches for their affordable, traditional Thai food, numerous massage shops, and fun people watching. If you are in Koh Samui on a Sunday evening, we highly recommend Lamai’s Night Market. The food stands offer tasty treats that satiate everyone’s cravings.
One thing that most people do not talk about in their reviews is laundry service. Due to the extreme heat and humidity, we were showering and changing clothes up to 3 times a day. Koh Samui is chock full of laundry facilities. Save money and go to one of these off-site storefronts. If you walk out of the resort toward the main road, we highly recommend the third laundry service on the right-hand side (it’s the one closest to the main road). For 40 Baht/kg, your clothes will be washed, dried, and ironed.
Renaissance Koh Samui is a great place to stay on the island, whether you’re a couple or a family with children. The location cannot be beaten! We consider the resort a fantastic affordable luxury option on an island that can be pricy.
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